Service clubs

The Grants Program of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is dedicated to serving the needs of the Menlo Park community. The area of focus for grants in 2019 is education programs serving low-income K through 8th grade students in the Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and adjacent unincorporated areas. Only 501(c)(3) non-profit agencies may apply.

When making grants, the Foundation seeks organizations that have a record of making a difference. Grants are available to expand effective programs or facilitate new initiatives. Preference will be given to smaller, locally-focused organizations.

Approximately $20,000 is available to support qualified applicants in 2019. A link to grant applications and guidelines is available on the Rotary Club of Menlo Park home page.

The application deadline is February 6, 2019. Award decisions will be made by March 15, 2019.

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Menlo Park Kiwanis name officers for club’s fiscal year

Edward “Ned” Moritz – pictured right – (Alain Pinel Realtors) was named President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for the upcoming year. He replaces Brian Rigonan (BPR Law Group), who will remain as Treasurer. Other officers for the new term are Tim Wright, Secretary, and Bruce Wellings, Assistant Treasurer. The club’s fiscal year runs […]

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Eating pancakes and climbing on fire trucks makes for fun morning in Menlo Park

The 18th annual pancake breakfast was held Saturday morning at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The always well-attended event starts with breakfast. Pancakes get flipped by fire fighters with Boy Scout Troop 222 assisting in the fire-house-turned-dining-room. The event is co-sponsored by Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, […]

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Rotary Connects on Oct. 10 features Don Peppers

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park invites people to join them for a local networking event featuring speaker, Don Peppers. Don, a best-selling business author, is ranked by SatMetrix as the world’s most authoritative expert on customer experience. He will discuss ideas out of his book Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage, including: Why technology […]

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Annual Pancake Breakfast at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters set for Oct. 6

The Annual Pancake Breakfast, benefitting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, will be held on Saturday, October 6, at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters (300 Middlefield Road). This family-friendly community event is co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc. (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Stanford Park Hotel. The […]

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Good wine, good food, good vibe at Taste of Woodside

The Rotary Club of Woodside Portola Valley hosted Taste of Woodside last Sunday evening with proceeds benefiting the Club’s many school, community and international projects. Held on the grounds of the Woodside Village Church, the event featured wine tasting, music by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers (below) and a dinner catered by Chantal. The neighborhood kids proved […]

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Elise Kratzer awarded International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Club International

Menlo Park’s Elise Kratzer won the prestigious International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest service club organization in the world. The Leo of the Year Award “recognizes a Leo’s outstanding leadership skills; superior record in implementing successful service projects; identifiable contributions to the development and growth of the Leo […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo in the books

Another great Tour de Menlo — my fourth — held on Saturday, August 18. Taking off from Menlo-Atherton High School, stops included Crystal Springs, Portola Valley and Stevens Canyon Park on the 65-mile ride I did. Whether riders chose the 65-, 46- or 35 mile ride, they all returned to M-A where there was lunch […]

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Spotted: Leo Club members at their annual summer BBQ for local vets

On Friday, August 3rd, the Menlo-Atherton High School Leo Club ran their third annual Summer Barbeque for the Veterans in the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park. They fed 50 veterans as well as some staff members and volunteers. The Leos worked hard throughout the past school year to […]

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Menlo-Atherton’s Head Football Coach kicks off August speakers for Menlo Park Kiwanis Club

A wide variety of subjects are covered by invited speakers at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club luncheons held at Allied Arts. The public is invited to these lunches held each Tuesday at noon. August 7: Menlo-Atherton’s Head Football Coach Adhir Ravipati (pictured) will talk about the upcoming season as well as share his passion about developing young men […]

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16th annual Tour de Menlo set for August 18

The Tour de Menlo offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it. Riders have their choice of 65-, 46- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, Aug. 18. After taking different routes […]

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